San Diego Weekend Guide: Oct. 1-3 – Haus Haunts

A member of Guggenbach-Buam, from Baden-Württemberg, Germany plays the alphorn at El Cajon’s Oktoberfest. Photo by Chris Stone

The October trifecta – pumpkin season already has begun and more scares come on line this San Diego weekend, but do you hear the sounds of brass drifting on the air? Accompanied by the smell of brats? Why, it’s Oktoberfest!

La Mesa’s version of the Germanic extravaganza returns at 4 p.m. Friday with three days of local and regional bands performing Oompah, polka and more. Grab your steins of German and craft beer at three biergartens at this Oktoberfest, which continues at 10 a.m. Saturday and noon Sunday. Fan out from Allison Avenue at Pine Street for the free fun.

Meanwhile, the El Cajon Oktoberfest, put on by the German American Societies of San Diego, begins its final weekend with tickets starting at $5, and ranging up to $41 with beer or meals included. The event, at 1017 S. Mollison Ave., opens at 4 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday and Sunday, and includes folk dancing, craft booths and a kids zone.

Want a North County fest? Encinitas’s free Oktoberfest celebrates its 25th anniversary at 10 a.m. Sunday. The festival, at Mountain Vista Drive and El Camino Real, includes the Gemütlichkeit Alpine Dancers, carnival rides, a 200-vendor craft fair and more.

A fall fest isn’t the only reason to go out for a good time. There’s cars and art to ogle too.